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2019 Belmont Stakes Field Preview & Poll

While there’s no Triple Crown on the line this year, the Belmont Stakes is still shaping up to be a fascinating race! Get the scoop on the field, and vote for who you think will win.

The Secretariat statue at Belmont Park, honoring the horse who achieved probably the most memorable Belmont victory in history. Public domain.

Just a few days until the 151st Belmont Stakes! No, there’s no Triple Crown on the line this year… but that doesn’t make it any less of an interesting race. Ten top-class contenders are preparing to duke it out over Big Sandy on Saturday: get the details on the field, and then vote in our poll for who you think will win!

Post Position 1: Joevia (30-1)
Dark bay/brown colt by Shanghai Bobby, bred by Ikhana Farm
Owned by Michael and Jeff Fazio
Trained by Gregg Sacco
Ridden by Jose Lezcano
Claims to fame: most recently, the winner of the Long Branch Stakes (black type); also second in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes and Private Terms Stakes (both black type)

Post Position 2: Everfast (12-1)
Bay colt by Take Charge Indy, bred by Extern Developments
Owned by Calumet Farm
Trained by Dale Romans
Ridden by Luis Saez
Claims to fame: second in the Preakness Stakes (Grade 1) and the Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 2)

Post Position 3: Master Fencer (8-1)
Chestnut colt by Just A Way (JPN), bred in Japan by Katsumi Yoshizawa
Owned by Katsumi Yoshizawa
Trained by Koichi Tsunoda
Ridden by Julien Leparoux
Claims to fame: second in the Fukuryu Stakes, sixth in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1)

Post Position 4: Tax (15-1)
Dark bay/brown gelding by Arch, bred by Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider
Owned by R A Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Hugh Lynch and Corms Racing Stable
Trained by Danny Gargan
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr
Claims to fame: winner of the Withers Stakes (Grade 3), second in the Wood Memorial (Grade 2), third in the Remsen Stakes (Grade 2), 14th in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1)

Post Position 5: Bourbon War (12-1)
Bay colt by Tapit, bred by Conquest Stables, LLC
Owned by Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable
Trained by Mark Hennig
Ridden by Mike Smith
Claims to fame: second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Grade 2), eighth in the Preakness Stakes (Grade 1)

Post Position 6: Spinoff (15-1)
Chestnut colt by Hard Spun, bred by Wertheimer et Frere
Owned by Wertheimer and Frere
Trained by Todd Pletcher
Ridden by Javier Castellano
Claims to fame: second in the Louisiana Derby (Grade 2), third in the Saratoga Special Stakes (Grade 2), 18th in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1)

Post Position 7: Sir Winston (12-1)
Chestnut colt by Awesome Again, bred by Tracy Farmer
Owned by Tracy Farmer
Trained by Mark Casse
Ridden by Joel Rosario
Claims to fame: second in the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade 3), third in the Grey Stakes (Grade 3)

Post Position 8: Intrepid Heart (10-1)
Gray/roan colt by Tapit, bred by Flaxman Holdings Limited
Owned by Robert and Lawana Low
Trained by Todd Pletcher
Ridden by John Velazquez
Claims to fame: third in the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade 3)

Post Position 9: War of Will (2-1)
Bay colt by War Front, bred by Flaxman Holdings Limited
Owned by Gary Barber
Trained by Mark Casse
Ridden by Tyler Gafflione
Claims to fame: winner of the Preakness Stakes (Grade1), Risen Star Stakes (Grade 2), and LeComte Stakes (Grade 3)

Post Position 10: Tacitus (9-5)
Gray/roan colt by Tapit, bred by Juddmonte Farms
Owned by Juddmonte Farms
Trained by Bill Mott
Ridden by Jose Ortiz
Claims to fame: winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2) and Wood Memorial (Grade 2), third in the Kentucky Derby (Grade 1)

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